Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jaromir Jagr is heading to Boston.
The Dallas Stars traded the 41-year-old Jagr to the Bruins Tuesday for young wingers Lane Macdermid and Cody Payne, as well as a conditional 2013 draft pick. If the Bruins reach the Eastern Conference finals, the pick will be a first rounder, otherwise it will be a second-round pick.
Bruins center David Krejic, who is from the Czech Republic like Jagr, is excited about the transaction.
“He was the best for a long time, and he’s still one of the best right now,” said Krejci when speaking of Jagr. “It’s good to see him still do well at his age. I had posters of him when I was a kid. He was obviously my hockey idol.”
In 34 games with the Stars this season, Jagr scored 14 goals and dished out 12 assists for a team-leading 26 points.
Jagr recently recorded his 1,000 career NHL assist, becoming the 12th player in NHL history to reach that milestone.
Bruins president Cam Neely talked about how Jagr fits with the Bruins.
“It’ll be interesting to see where it shakes out.” Neely said in an interview Tuesday with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. “I’m sure that he will be inserted in various lines just to see where the best fit might be. Right now, (Nathan) Horton’s got it going, (David) Krejci’s played fairly well, pretty consistent throughout the year. I would assume that he may start on a different line than the top line, but you never know how things will shake out. We’ll have 13 games after tonight, and we’ll see what makes the best fit and gives us the best chance to get production from all three lines.”.
Jagr leads all active players in playoff goals, assists, points, power play goals and game winning goals.
The winger is expected to join the team Wednesday.